Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Savannah Visit: William's room

Two weekends ago I visited Savannah to help out my Sister-in-law. In addition to cooking some meals I also wanted to take on a painting project. We decided that I would paint my nephews room during this visit and that I would pain my nieces room in September...
Sadly, I failed in the before photo department. After moving the furniture I remembered to snap a few photos though... The room was just plain Jane off-white... the house is also a rental so there were random smudges all around the room that I was happy to get rid of...


We went with Glidden paint that was color matched to Martha Stewart Hydrangea (eggshell/low luster)

And here are the after photos...

And let me just say that this was not done without some obstacles... During the cutting-in process a slip off the step-stool had this as the end result...
YUP the entire gallon of paint spilled... this photo was taken AFTER I had gotten up a majority of the paint and already made the call to a PROFESSIONAL! My first call though was to my girl Virginia as I was FREAKING OUT!!! She was quick to turn to google and provide me with some direction!
Public Service Announcement: If you Spill paint on a carpet... pick up all access paint as quickly as possible, CALL A PROFESSIONAL, keep the edges wet so that it does not dry and all paint can come up... again with the help of a PROFESSIONAL!!!
I called Genesis Carpet Care (in Savannah, GA) and they were AMAZING! The owner came out right away and with a lot of work the carpet now looks like this! A million times better. You can still see a faint outline of the stain but again a million times better. THANK YOU!!! They were also really competitively priced. I HIGHLY recommend

My Sister-in-law was such a sweetie when I revealed the tribulations of the day. (Tribulations may sound like a strong word but believe me... I almost had a heart attack!) Everyone was happy though with the end result in the room.
To end on a good note here is the after again!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hunter's 2nd Birthday Party: Construction

This morning I shared a 23 month update for our Hunter Man! Cannot believe how fast time has flown and that we will be celebrating his 2nd birthday in a few weeks!

To say that I am sooooooooo looking forward to Hunter's 2nd birthday party is an understatement! About two months ago I settled on a construction theme for the event and I've been busy pinning fun ideas ever since!

Here are some of the great ideas that are giving me inspiration for our party...

For his invitations I went through the very talented Heather at LIFEvents. (Photo was taken by the AMAZING Virginia of House of Maps Photography)

 Cannot wait to share the DIY details as we go along!

Hunter at 23 months

Oh my goodness Hunter will be TWO in under a month!!!! How is this even possible? I'm in major mommy denial and time needs to SLOW down!!!

This has been a really exciting month even in the last week Hunter has just been developing at warp speed!

At 23 Months Hunter...
  • Learned how to open the door to his room... Matt found this out at 3 a.m. when there was a little visitor by his bed. (I was out of town)
  • Vocabulary tripled
  • Now walks up and down steps without having to hold on to anything.
  • Can throw a ball with much more accuracy and loves to catch
  • Loves to spin in circles
  • Will play fetch with Sophie
  • Will sit and play with his Mega Blocks and Legos for a good hour just building up and taking apart
  • Is becoming a little better about eating more.
  • Loves to be tickled and thrown in the air
  • Is such a GREAT big brother! When Gibson is taking a nap he will run all around the house telling everyone to "SHHHHH"
  • Had his first experience with Juice... He is obsessed with the Naked "Green juice" Which is good for him and we have been making fresh juices...
  • Likes to say his ABC's (we say a letter and he will repeat it) The only letter we have a hard time saying is M
  • Loves to parrot... we say a word and he will repeat it back.
  • Love to put on shoes!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Savannah Visit: Cooking

Last weekend I had the opportunity to take a few days off work and I headed down to Savannah with Gibson. The original plan was to fly but when I got the news (last minute) that my flight had been cancelled I took to the road and we drove!

Driving alone with a 4 month old isn't my idea of fun but it was important to get down there for a Saturday visit with my brother so I couldn't wait for the next direct flight. As a plus, it allowed for me to take a few more items... like his mama roo which was helpful to have around while I was cooking and painting...

The weekend consisted of a nice visit with my brother, church, lunch out, cooking and preparing of a lot of freezer meals, and I painted my nephews bedroom! A very productive weekend!

A few of the meals that I made were:

The BEST Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas - With only 4 ingredients these are SOOOO easy and yummy! I made this meal for dinner one night but made some extra of the filling and placed it in a freezer bag along with flour tortillas for my sister-in-law to cook up on another night.

My Sausage, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Stuffed Peppers: Another easy and tasty meal. So easy in fact that, under my direction, my 8 year old niece did all of the cooking for this meal! 

Creamy, Tomato and Spinach pasta: I made this one as a freezer meal. Placing uncooked pasta in a freezer bag, Added a freezer bag of uncooked (frozen) shrimp, and pre-cooked the sauce and added that in a freezer bag. Placed all three items into one bigger bag with cooking instructions on the outside. (Directions: Cook pasta. Thaw, shell, & Cook shrimp. Add sauce to shrimp and heat through. Add pasta to shrimp and sauce mixture. DONE)

Chicken, Broccoli, Rice Casserole: this is one of the freezer meals that I did before Gibson's Birth. I decided to to a half recipe and it ended up being MUCH more manageable! 

Sausage and Zucchini Casserole: This is such a yummy and flavorful dish! So easy! 

Plum Pork Tenderloin: this is a crock pot meal

Next Tuesday I will be sharing my before and after of my nephew's room!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Favorite Things Friday

I would like to add DIY Panels to our downstairs doors. Right now they are just plain jane and this gives so much personality!
Yes please to ALL of this house! From the fabulous kitchen with the painted base on the island and marble, painted beams, Wallpaper accent wall in the half bath! Even the piggy bookends holding the cookbooks!!! I WANT IT! Don't even get me started on the gift wrap station in the laundry room. That would be my happy place... Don't know where mommy is??? In the Laundry room of course!!!
This Nursery for a Third Child is AMAZING! It makes me want to re-do my own kiddos rooms!! the closet organization is just making my head spin. Soon we will need to do our own closet revamp when Gibson and Hunter start sharing a room. Which, side-note, is likely only a few months away since Gibson is such an amazing sleeper. I just want to get him through his first few teeth.
What rock have I been living under??? I didn't realize that H&M has baby clothes. I'm not an H&M lover typically but this vest, via Brooklyn Limestone is too much!!! Would it be a crime to put my boy in it??? I asked Matt and he thought that Hunter could rock it.
I'm obsessed with this first birthday party!
 Hope that everyone has a GREAT weekend. I'm off to Savannah for 4 days with Gibson!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Stitch Fix #3

I was SOOOO excited to see a lovely Stitch Fix box when I got home yesterday from work!

I instantly ripped that sucker open to reveal all of the lovely items inside! Can you believe that I actually waited four WHOLE HOURS to try anything on??? That is some self control people! But I was under strict instruction from Emma to wait until she was there to provide "input"...

I always love to see how they have the items styled and I like that they have both a dress-up and dress-down option.

I also enjoy reading my note to see why certain items are picked... For this order I had requested not to receive anymore jeans and I was happy to see that they honored that request.

And now for the good stuff... sorry for the HORRIBLE lighting. I took the photos at night because I had to wait for Emma.

Cropped pants and navy/white dot blouse
I love the feel of the pants... they are SUPER soft but EXPENSIVE! A little on the fence about the blouse.

Cropped Paints (again) and White cotton cardigan  
The cardigan is SOOOO soft and I want to wear it forever!

Navy/White Dot top with some ORANGE paints that I already own
Emma was NOT a fan of this look and I'm still on the fence with the top

Jace Dot Dress
The details don't show up very well in these photos but the dress is black with a cute teal dot detail. Spoiler alert I'm wearing the dress now... so safe to say I'm keeping it.

Chevron Print Dress
Matt was not a fan of this look... I thought that it was okay and looked better once I added a skinny gold belt.


Blue/white Blouse: $48
Capri Pants: $108
White Cotton Cardigan: $54
Jace Dot Dress: $68
Chevron Dress: $58

TOTAL: $336

If I were to buy everything I get a 25% discount. So with the discount and minus the $20 styling fee my total would be $237

This is the first month that I'm really tempted to buy everything... If I do not buy everything I think I would only by the Jace dress and cardigan which would come to $102 with the styling fee already subtracted. 
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Also, I was not the only one to get some new duds yesterday!!! Hunter and Gibson both had a package from Old Navy!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Gibson Update

First I would like to say THANK YOU for keeping Gibson in your thoughts and prayers. Last week at his 4 month appointment we discovered that our little guy was not gaining properly despite eating VERY well.

I went back to the doctor yesterday for my weekly weight check with a nurse and he is currently at 13.9 oz this was 1.5 oz up but due to the fact that I had just fed him before taking him in they really think that the "weight gain" was just my milk in his belly not yet digested. SOOOO... they are classifying this week as a no gain week. (They had been hoping for at least 5 ozs.)

We take him back next week for another check-in with the nurse... if there is still no weight gain they are going to start to run a few tests. I will also be bringing in some pumped milk so that they can test the fat content... but I already know that it will come back with a nice high caloric content and don't for a second think that my milk isn't fatty enough.

He continues to be a happy little guy though!